Post # 1
I would LOVE to be able to shower my entire wedding with lush fragrant fresh flowers but I really don’t want to go in debt for it either. Now that I’ve opted to make pew cones instead of the traditional bows I will need to fill them all with flowers. I’m suddenly considering going fake.
I’m torn, everyone seems to think the bouquets should be real but who touches them other than the wedding party? My initial thought is it would be better to go fake on the bouquets and real on the centerpieces where everyone will be staring at them and possibly touching or smelling them.
I figured the aisle decor perhaps wouldn’t matter if they were fake since they’ll be hanging down lower and doubt anyone will actually be checking them out that close (unless they’re at the end of the pew)
What’s your thoughts?
Post # 3
I’m splurging on the bouquets to be the real thing and everything else is fake floral. But that was the only way I could get the bouquets I wanted.
Post # 4
centerpieces, they will be right in front of all your guests 🙂 its funny cause im saying centerpeices but i went with silk flowers for mine LOL, but if i had the money out of the bouquets, aisle decor and centerpeices, definatly centerpeices
Post # 5
If I had to choose just one to be real, I would choose the centerpieces. I do think though, you can have a beautiful wedding without real flower centerpieces.
Bouquets are beautiful but your bridal party bouquets will likely end up in the trash the next day- particularly if they have to travel. Some brides hang on to their bouquet or even have it preserved, but I have never met any bride who actually displayed it years later.
Are you filling your pew cones with flowers or petals? You can use silk for both of those.
Post # 6
I am doing the centerpieces and bouquets with both real and fake flowers… some fake flowers look very similar to real ones and some don’t at all (i.e. roses) so I am using a couple fake flowers here and there (mainly because they are impossible to find in my colors at the time of year I am getting married). When the centrepieces and bouquets are all put together they will still have that “real” smell and look even though I’ll be using a couple fake flowers (peonies and hydrangeas)… I will be using real spider mums, roses, baby’s breath, and greenery
Post # 7
I instantly went “bouquet” when reading the subject. However, I think fragrant centre pieces that everyone can enjoy is a much better idea. I’m not really a fan of silk flowers (I think it’s because I’ve seen so many horrid looking ones) so perhaps you could consider having a brooch bouquet or perhaps a feather one? You could use ribbons in your colours for the aisles. Those are just my thoughts. If you’re really set on all the flowers (which I totally get) then invest in some good quality silk ones 🙂
Feather bouquet idea (because you can do pretty much anything!): http://www.magicbypost.co.uk/241-261-large/beautiful-feather-bouquet.jpg
Post # 8
I agree with julies1949. If you can ONLY do one of the above with real flowers, make it the centrepieces. Second choice would be the bouquets – the aisle decor I wouldn’t even bother with, even if you did have a bigger budget.
For centrepieces, there are lots of large flowers you can use where you’ll only need one stem to make a full centrepiece (I’m thinking of hydrangeas here). We had 24 centrepieces, all with hydrangeas, and I think they cost me around $300. Bouquets you can also do fairly cheaply – the bridal bouquet is always the most expensive, but after that, they’re not bad. I had my BMs carry hydrangeas mixed with another flower I can’t remember and they were $30 each. My bouquet on the other hand was $175 because I really wanted peonies and roses.
Bottom line – flower budgets can be so flexible if you’re willing to use flowers that are in season and larger stems to cut down on the number of actual flowers you will need. As stated above, my priorities would be 1. centrepieces 2. bouquets 3. aisle decor. Good luck!
Post # 9
Although I pesonally am not a fan of fake flowers, if you a set on using flowers as decorations, the ones close enough to be touched by guests should be real. My budget doesn’t allow for a ton of flowers so we will be using lower cost flowers that make a big statement (i.e. giant yellow calla lilies and white hydrangeas). My isles will be lined with yellow rose petals. I am not decorating the pews. I’m going with a less is more approach (simple elegance?). But that’s just me.
Post # 10
centerpieces AND my own boquet if i had to choose i guess. I’m considering going fake too hmm…
Post # 11
We’re doing paper flowers for bouquets and bouts and real flowers for the mantelpiece we’re getting married in front of and maybe for the entrance and by the guestbook….
Post # 12
I had real flowers for my bouquet but that was because I didn’t have floral centerpieces and we did use the bouquets as decor on the head table. If I had had more flowers I would go real for centerpieces since the guests are right there with them. Your bouquet, in my opinion, doesn’t need to be real.
Post # 13
I personally prefer fresh flowers simply because I hate fake flowers. I am also on a small budget so I have had to get creative…hope hey help/inspire. I am definitely hiring a professional for my bouquets and my Maid/Matron of Honor (no BMs). But Since my wedding is in May, we are going to get potted tulips or other good looking plants in my colors and transfer them to nice white planters (IKEA usually has a good cheap variety)with some lace wrapped around them as center pieces. This way, afterwards they can be taken by friends/family and will come back every year! I am also considering buying flowers wholesale and doing the corsages, boutineers, and ceremony decor myself or hiring a local student (there’s a program here locally for floral arrangements-not sure of the correct title).
Post # 14
bouquets. Im havong no flowers at all in the church. Way too expensive. And I will be having about 35 tables probably more so there is no way I could afford flowers for the tables.
So I decided to only have flowers for the girls the guys and MAYBE the moms and dads.
Point is, not to go in debt for your wedding. If you have the money go for it, but if u dont you can be creative with it all.
Post # 15
My centerpieces are half candles and half fake flowers (the ones that look and feel real) and my bouquets are real. My rose petals to line the aisle are also real.